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V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014
Rick and Morty

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Wubba Lubba Dub Dubs

“Rick and Morty” on Cartoon Network

Science gets weird (and a little drunk) in Cartoon Network’s cult cartoon “Rick and Morty.”
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014

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Space Warped

“Space Dandy” on Cartoon Network

The legendary creator of “Cowboy Bebop” unveils his newest wacky series.
V.22 No.50 | 12/12/2013

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Sugar-coated Cartoon

“Steven Universe” on Cartoon Network

“Steven Universe” is a wonderful, faded-candy-wrapper-colored sci-fi show about a chubby young boy named Steven.
V.21 No.38 | 9/20/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: Adventure Time’s Ninja Castle

What if they held a 48-hour video game programming contest dedicated entirely to Cartoon Network's awesome series "Adventure Time"? Good news! They did! The Adventure Time Game Jam just wrapped up, resulting in dozens of Finn-and-Jake-centric games. As is typical for this kind of thing, most of the games are short and rather unpolished. But there are a few gems mixed in there. A lot of the games require downloads, but there are a handful of Flash-based titles. Among the standouts is Ninja Castle. In this clever puzzle game, Finn and Jake must navigate the castle of the Ninja King and beat him up. You move the heroes by clicking on adjacent rooms. The objective is to maneuver them so they both reach the Ninja King at the same time. The mechanics take a moment or two to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's a colorful little mindbender.

V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012

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When Is a Talk Show Not a Talk Show?

“The Eric André Show” on Cartoon Network

Stepping in front of the cameras to mess with our minds this week is Eric André (“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”). “The Eric André Show” is a riotous send-up of TV talks shows—in that the show most closely resembles an actual riot.
V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: Rhythm Heroes

You should probably be watching more "Adventure Time" on Cartoon Network. Trust me, it's good for you. If you're already a fan, how about checking out the new Adventure Time Game, Rhythm Heroes? It is, as the title suggests, a rhythm game. Sing along to the beat DJ Party Pat is laying out so you can advance to later levels. Before long, you'll be performing alongside Marceline the Vampire Queen and beating the Ice King at his own game. Mathematical!

V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012

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I Am Into This Stuff!

“Adventure Time” on Cartoon Network

Television is a vast wasteland filled with discarded husks of sitcoms, endless reality shows and the occasional oasis of entertainment. It’s a lot of territory to cover. As a result, I can’t always be there on the ground floor to alert people about the coolest, hippest shows about to premiere. I have, for example, only recently discovered the joy and wonder that is Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.” I’d browsed the occasional episode since its debut in 2010 and found it interesting enough—but I recently hit some sort of critical mass and am now a rabid, proselytizing fan.

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V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011

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ThunderCats, Ho!

“ThunderCats” on Cartoon Network

Of all the nostalgic ’80s properties, “ThunderCats” has had one of the longest life spans. You can thank all the hipster nerds gobbling up logo-stamped T-shirts at Hot Topic for keeping the show’s image alive. No surprise, therefore, that—hot on the heels of its revival of fellow ’80s icon “Voltron: Defender of the Universe”—Cartoon Network has decided to reboot the hell out of “ThunderCats” for a new/old generation.

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V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
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Cops With Colons

“NTSF:SD:SUV::” on Cartoon Network

Given how addicted to acronyms modern crime shows have become (“CSI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “JAG,” “NCIS”), it’s nice to see somebody giving the genre a good, solid ribbing with “NTSF:SD:SUV::.” That stands for “National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::.” The show—joining Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block this Friday—throws around colons like Mötley Crüe throws around umlauts. Just as fellow live-action series “Childrens Hospital” mercilessly tweaks hospital drama clichés, “NTSF:SD:SUV::” makes light of cop show stereotypes.

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Bugs? Not as Much as You’d Think

“The Looney Tunes Show” on Cartoon Network

Change is scary. So it’s not surprising to see people scared, confused and downright rassafrassin’ angry over the prospect of Warner Bros. applying a reboot to the ass of venerable cartoon series Looney Tunes. “The Looney Tunes Show” attempts to rebrand Bugs Bunny and pals for a new generation—by putting them in a standard TV sitcom format. It sounds downright sacrilegious. (“Rape my childhood, will you ?!?” as one online pundit put it.) But it’s probably not as bad as you’re imagining. In fact, it may be the best thing to happen to these characters in a generation.

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V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011
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Don’t Call Them Sidekicks

“Young Justice” on Cartoon Network

While TV is still struggling to tell superhero tales in a live-action format, animated comic-book-inspired stories continue to soar on the small screen. Perhaps it’s because the entertainment industry is faintly embarrassed by the idea of people in costumes. Hence, just about every superhero series these days features heroes who refuse to wear costumes (“Smallville,” “Heroes,” “No Ordinary Family”). Why? It’s like making a musical in which the actors refuse to sing.

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
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Park Strangers

“Regular Show” on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block has become so crowded with live-action series (“Children’s Hospital,” “Look Around You,” “The Mighty Boosh,” “Delocated”) that it’s getting to be a treat to see an actual cartoon. Thankfully, CN is adding a couple of major new animated shows this month with the cartoon spin-off of MAD Magazine (called, simply, “MAD”) and the ironically titled “Regular Show.”

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

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Zoinks!

“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” on Cartoon Network

Do you realize that Scooby-Doo has appeared in 10 TV series, two live-action theatrical films and countless direct-to-DVD spin-offs? The show hasn’t been off the air since its 1969 debut as “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” That means nearly every American under the age of 50 grew up watching Scooby-Doo. Now, with Cartoon Network’s freshly rebooted “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated,” the show lives on for another generation.

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